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More Or Less Natural Hazard Risk Than Average: It’s All About Location

Parcel-Level Hazard Risk Estimates Highlight Market Differences

Kathryn Dobbyn    |    Natural Hazard Risk

We all intuitively know that location matters when it comes to real estate. For the U.S. housing market, emphasis on location has in the past been in terms of factors such as school districts, commuting times, mass transit and walkability. That being said, in 2013, severe weather caused more than $8 billion in property damage throughout the United States. This number is only expected to...

Location, Location, Location - Florida Mortgage Fraud Risk Heats Up

CoreLogic 2014 Mortgage Fraud Report

Liang Tian    |    Mortgage Performance

It seems as though the old adage that real estate price is all about “location, location, location” applies to mortgage fraud as well. The CoreLogic 2014 Mortgage Fraud Report (newly released at this month’s Mortgage Fraud and Valuation Consortium Meetings) shows a...

Goldilocks and The Three Credit Bears

Is Credit Too Tight, Too Loose or Just Right?

Mark Fleming    |    Housing Trends, Mortgage Performance

One of the most pressing issues in housing finance today is the availability of credit. The lack of access to credit has been cited as a reason for the slower-than-hoped-for growth in home sales. The often cited Federal Reserve Loan Officer Survey tells us whether lenders are tightening or loosening credit, but tells us much less about the overall level of availability of credit....

Channeling Deep Blue Versus Garry Kasparov in Home Valuations

It’s time to standardize how real estate appraisers make their adjustments

Michael G. Bradley    |    Property Valuation

It might be time to reengineer the process appraisers use to make adjustments to comparable homes. The current approach does not appear to be defensible.

Completion of a uniform residential appraisal report by a licensed or certified appraiser is the dominant process used to determine the value of residential real estate in the United States. Fed Economist Leonard Nakamura reported in...

CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indexes: Out With The Old and In With The New

Fewer Foreclosure Resales the Key Difference in New Case-Shiller Indexes

David Stiff    |    Housing Trends, Property Valuation

How much did home prices fall during the housing market crash? According to the new monthly CoreLogic Case-Shiller National Home Price Index, U.S. prices fell by 27 percent. But if measured by the old, quarterly Case-Shiller index, the peak-to-trough decline was 35 percent. So why do two home price indexes, both calculated using the same Case-Shiller methodology, differ so noticeably on the...

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